Trees and Trails Workshop - Nov 15, 2016

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Trees and Trails Workshop - Nov 15, 2016


Date:  Tuesday, November 15
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park 940 Resort Drive Roanoke, WV
Instructor: Amy Lutsko, Penn Trails

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Title: Tree and Trails

Session Description:   Spend the day with Penn Trails Senior Projects Manager and ISA Certified Arborist/ ISA Tree Risk Assessor, Amy Lutsko, to talk all things related to trees and trails planning, design and construction. This full day workshop will give students a look at the adaptive nature and safety risks trees possess.

As trails & resources managers, planners, designers and construction contractors we work around trees, literally. After all, it is our job to create a natural experience in the outdoors while highlighting and protecting natural habitat. As advocates of sustainability, do we understand the affects we have on the trees we build so close too? How a tree does defended itself against soil compaction, root pruning, limb cutting and mechanical damage? Are we able to identify the possible risks trees may have to our built structures? Are we familiar with proper mitigation techniques?  How might we execute best management practices to protect trees within trail project areas?

Understanding the basic biology, structure, defense mechanism and tree failure may help you make better decisions for trail layout and help guide your construction practices. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Identify and understand basic tree structure.
  • Identify basic tree defense mechanisms.
  • Define the role of the (tree) root system.
  • Identify common tree defects.
  • Learn and practice a basic tree risk assessment process.
  • Learn proper mitigation techniques.
  • Learn proper pruning for tree roots and limbs.
  • Tree selection and planting
  • Execute a short practice segment layout and plan that includes trees.

This workshop combines classroom presentation and field based practice and discussion. The day will begin at 8am in the classroom, after lunch the class will head outdoors for the field based practice. The workshop will end by 3:00pm.  Field practice will be rain or shine so dress accordingly. Lunch will be provided.

Instructor Bio:  Amy Lutsko is the Senior Project Manager at Penn Trails.   Amy joined Penn Trails in 2015, having been with the Maryland Park Service as Trail Manager and a Training Officer since 2006.  Amy managed Patapsco Valley State Park’s 220 mile urban trail system until 2013 and trained all levels of Maryland Park Service (MPS) staff, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff, Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC), Conservation Job Corps (CJC), multiple city and county staff, volunteers, and stakeholder groups in the diverse landscape of Maryland.   Amy holds certifications as a Certified Arborist, International Arboriculture Society and Certified Tree Risk Assessor, International Arboriculture Society.